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ISU to require mask wearing indoors to comply with latest CDC guidelines

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NORMAL (WEEK) - Illinois State University is following latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requiring even fully-vaccinated people to wear mask coverings in all public indoor places on campus.

ISU issued the directive Wednesday, noting the CDC has designated McLean County as having "substantial" transmission.

"Therefore, until further notice, face coverings are required for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus, including Laboratory Schools, in all common indoor spaces (classrooms, conference rooms, hallways, restrooms, breakrooms, dining facilities, elevators, public spaces within on-campus residential living environments, etc.)," the directive said.

"Now with the face covering requirement that we've instituted based on the CDC guidance, we really are looking at trying to create the safest campus experiences as we can," said Eric Jome, ISU's director of media relations.

The university continues to require people who don't have proof they're vaccinated to participate in weekly on-campus saliva-based COVID-19 testing.

ISU is providing incentives for students to receive the vaccine by awarding $1,000 scholarships to 100 students and $100 in so-called flex money to 75 more students. Winners will be notified the week of August 23, ISU officials said.

Howard Packowitz

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